Wed in ParadiseWords by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Dana J Photography
When it comes to attention, Lindsey and Tyson would rather shy away from the spotlight than have all eyes on them. That’s why a small, intimate destination wedding in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico with only their closest friends and family was ideal. That, and the fact their alternative hometown was the brutally cold state of Minnesotta.
Friends and family were thrilled when they heard their idea to get married in Mexico, jumping at the chance for a relaxing vacation. "Many realized after the fact that a vacation was exactly what they needed and actually thanked us for having a destination wedding."
Their decision to have a destination wedding in a warm, tropical paradise also allowed Lindsey and Tyson to create an entire “wedding week” for their guests. “The 'wedding week' gave our guests a chance to get to know one another, something that typically doesn't happen with a traditional wedding,” explains Lindsey.
Planning the wedding was a breeze with the help of the couple’s wedding coordinator. She handled all the details from decorations to travel accommodations and connected the couple with a travel coordinator so they did not have to deal with any flight arrangements themselves. “It was so nice not dealing with the stress of having to contact any of the vendors, or trying to coordinate a travel agenda for our guests,” recalls Lindsey.
Looking back on their experience, their destination wedding exceeded their expectations. “Without a destination wedding, we wouldn’t have had the memories of saying ‘I Do’ with our toes in the sand,” says the bride. Also, the wedding was much less expensive since their resort offered a plethora of fabulous wedding packages and options. The downside to having their destination wedding was that not all their guests could attend. However, that gave the couple an excuse to have a second reception back home.
For couples planning a destination wedding, it is important to read travel reviews and make sure to have a spectacular travel agent and wedding planner. Lindsey also emphasizes the necessity of cooperation in planning the event. "Together, spend tirne brainstorming criteria and expectations of what you both want for your wedding." For Lindsey and Tyson, having a quality photographer they trusted was top priority so they budgeted to bring a photographer from home. Being on the same page, with the same expectations, is what made their destination wedding a success.
Vendor List: Photographer: Dana J Photography, Wedding Planner: Claudia Perez of Weddings by Lomas Travel, Ceremony/Reception Site: El Dorado Seaside Suites, Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A. Bank, Bridesmaid/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Impression Bridal/ Jos. A. Bank
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